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Old April 13th, 2008, 12:11 AM   #1181
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Super Tower, London

Could mega tower could be solution to city housing?
Plans to create a vertical super-city within London are under way and could solve the city's housing crisis. The 1500 metre 'New Town Tower' designed by Popularchitecture would be the world's tallest building and provide affordable housing for 100,000 people. The tower was designed by the London-based architects as an entry in an American design competition but Director of Popularchitecture, Tom Teatum, thinks the structure could be a new landmark for London. He said: “Importantly this building is designed to be public and integrated into the existing city.” The cylindrical structure would also offer 100 public spaces from an ice rink to tennis courts in open areas all the way up the tower. The firm are working with Gardiner & Theobald and Fluid Engineers on a feasibility report but if all goes well they will choose from seven areas along the Thames river and begin work with developers.



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Old April 13th, 2008, 02:22 AM   #1182
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Ugly tower.. Doesn't fit in London..
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Old April 13th, 2008, 03:26 AM   #1183
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1500m? In London? Nimbies wouldn't allow such a thing
I don't like it, but I'm sure it's unlikely to be built.

Anyway, it would be quite funny for London to have a tower nicknamed The Cheese Grater and another one named Swiss Cheese.
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Old April 13th, 2008, 03:41 AM   #1184
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It is very ugly, i don't like that designe, it looks like a huge, large piece of white cheese.
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Old April 13th, 2008, 09:17 AM   #1185
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it doesnt fit in the city, it looks like a big, large piece of tower lego toy, jajajaja.

i dont like it.
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Old April 13th, 2008, 09:51 AM   #1186
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I like it a lot....some curves at last.
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Old April 13th, 2008, 09:54 AM   #1187
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^er that was refering to the new Crossharbour design.
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Old April 13th, 2008, 12:10 PM   #1188
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thats a publicity stunt, the piece du jour for start up architectural firms.
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Old April 16th, 2008, 02:23 PM   #1189
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April 15, 2008

JP Morgan: axe to fall on 40,000 London jobs

Siobhan Kennedy

In the most dire forecast so far of the impact of the worldwide credit squeeze on UK jobs, it was today predicted that as many as 40,000 posts in the City will be cut.

The City forecast came from the US investment bank JP Morgan and was double its previous estimate. If borne out, about 5 per cent of all jobs in the City will go in the worst setback since the dot.com bubble burst in 2000, when 7 per cent lost their jobs.

Banks such as HSBC, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley have been axing staff as demand for complex debt and mortgage products has dried up in the wake of the global squeeze on credit. So far at least 2,500 jobs have gone across London, but many in the City are bracing themselves for much deeper cuts.

Based on a rough space requirement of 150 square feet per office worker, 40,000 jobs equates to about 12 of London's landmark "Gherkin" buildings. Thus, city vacancy rates were likely to reach 12.2 percent in 2009 while City office rents were set to decline by 16 percent in 2008-2010.
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Old April 16th, 2008, 02:53 PM   #1190
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Based on a rough space requirement of 150 square feet per office worker, 40,000 jobs equates to about 12 of London's landmark "Gherkin" buildings. Thus, city vacancy rates were likely to reach 12.2 percent in 2009 while City office rents were set to decline by 16 percent in 2008-2010.
Dunno if that's bad journalism by the Times or poor research by JPMorgan, but they've just quoted space per worker straight out of 'best practice' building regs (15m2 pp). Usually, even in grade A office space, and especially in the City, it's more like 8m2 pp, i.e. 72 square feet per worker. Meaning that their estimation is probably double what the more likely value will be.
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Old April 16th, 2008, 08:16 PM   #1191
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Could mega tower could be solution to city housing?
Plans to create a vertical super-city within London are under way and could solve the city's housing crisis. The 1500 metre 'New Town Tower' designed by Popularchitecture would be the world's tallest building and provide affordable housing for 100,000 people.


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It isn't underway, it isn't going to be built...it is an architects exercise that is it.
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Old April 16th, 2008, 09:49 PM   #1192
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its pretty obvious that would never get built
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Old April 16th, 2008, 09:55 PM   #1193
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100% sure it will not get build,the proposal is a good joke
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Old April 16th, 2008, 11:12 PM   #1194
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eeeuuuuwww its nasty, and will NEVER get built, thank god!
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Old April 17th, 2008, 12:54 AM   #1195
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The height isn't bad, it's just the design. The articles sounds a little like an insane 1960s post war fantasy, only taller. Thank goodness this isn't a real idea!
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 03:15 AM   #1196
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can they

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It isn't underway, it isn't going to be built...it is an architects exercise that is it.
can cranes reach that tall? if it crashes, it would be a new song for london. like the old "london bridge is falling down"
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 04:06 PM   #1197
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I wish for more modern building in london
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 08:49 PM   #1198
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100% sure it will not get build,the proposal is a good joke
It's a wind up for sure, should of been posted on April the 1st
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Old April 25th, 2008, 06:35 PM   #1199
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That was just a vision for the city guys...

more other news:

Foster and Partners is working on the design for a new residential tower that will stand on the site of the City Pride on the Isle of Dogs, only a short distance from Canary Wharf.

Situated literally over the road from the under construction Landmark Towers, the developer Glenkerrin has been looking at building a scheme of about 55 storeys which would reach a height of perhaps 160 metres, easily doable for the site given increasing amount of towers proposed around it.

It would also make it the tallest residential building in Docklands so far breaking Pan Peninsula Towers 149 metre record although taller residential buildings of as much as 200 metres are expected in Wood Wharf.

Reports claim that the project could contain a luxury hotel and as many as 400 apartments, although this is more than the likes of Pan Peninsulas tallest tower have making it likely that the real total will be less unless every single apartment is a studio.

The City Pride pub was built in the 1950s to serve the workers of the docks and is one of the more historical individual and attractive landmarks that has remained popular with workers at Canary Wharf today.

Unfortunately despite the popularity of the pub, Glenkerrin has paid £32 million for the site which means it will have to go if the developer is to realise their investment, and another small piece of local character will be lost.

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Old April 25th, 2008, 06:39 PM   #1200
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Demolition Finally Starts For Docklands Tower.

One of the many approved residential towers in London's Docklands that has been hanging around for years like a bad smell is finally seeing work begin on site as the contractors move in to demolish the existing buildings.

Developed by the Aitch Group and designed by RMA Architects, 82 West India Dock Road will stand opposite the Westferry DLR station a stones-throw away from West India Quay itself.

The 69 metre tall tower will contain 99 flats plus a 1,306 square metres of office accommodation.

The long history of the development of the scheme can be seen from the multiple applications that have been made gradually refining it starting in August 2004 culminating in an approval in May 2007.

Elliptically shaped, It will be encased largely in metal cladding, white render and glass facades whilst the top of the tower features a "cloud" shaped crown complete with an enclosed roof garden within the structure.

Also featured in the scheme is a lower-rise seven storey block which will host the majority of the affordable residential units - 23 out of the 36 on offer. The remainder of the affordable units are located in the lower floors of the tower forming a buffer between the commercial space and 86 private apartments.

Separating the shorter block from the tower will be a slender landscaped public area giving pedestrian access through the site that has until recently been industrial units.

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